Violence Against Lesbians and Gay Men

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Columbia University Press, 1991 - Social Science - 319 pages
Violence Against Lesbians and Gay Men is the first book to reveal the shocking problem of anti-gay/lesbian violence. Beginning with an overview of the emergence of lesbian and gay neighborhoods in major U.S. cities after World War II, Comstock describes how the increased visibility of lesbians and gay men was followed by physical attacks that were illegal but socially sanctioned. He presents results of his survey on present-day violence and then studies the perpetrators, using information supplied by survey participants as well as reports from the media, court records, and personal interviews. Finally, Comstock proposes a sociological explanation for the fact that adolescent males are the group most prone to violence against lesbians and gay men.
 

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Contents

Community Organizing in Response to Hostility
10
Responding to Violence as Communally Normative
25
Specific Kinds or SubCategories of Violence
38
Groups of Settings
51
CHAPTER THREE
56
Reaction Versus Premeditation
69
APPENDIX
76
Conclusion
90
CHAPTER FIVE
120
A Speculative Scenario to Predict AntiGayLesbian Violence
133
FURTHER TABLES
148
APPENDIX D
163
COMSTOCKS INTERVIEW WITH A FORMER PERPETRATOR
170
Selected Bibliography
297
Index
313
Copyright

GenderRole Socialization
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